Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has raised the alarm over plan by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to implicate him in the June 21, 2014 governorship election in the state.
At a press conference yesterday in Abuja, Fayose alleged that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal and the Attorney General of Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) were coordinating moves for his impeachment.
“Activities of these elements that are obviously afraid of facing another electoral defeat in 2018 are being coordinated through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal, and the Attorney General of the Federation.
“Certain top functionaries of the Ekiti State government and some important members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, and some associates of mine, have now been pencilled down for arrest and indefinite detention by the EFCC under the guise of investigating the funds spent by the PDP on the June 21, 2014 governorship election and the presidential election,” the governor stated.
The SGF, however, denied the allegation and said only Ekiti people can decide Fayose’s fate. “It has never crossed my mind that he should be impeached. That is for the people of Ekiti State to decide,” he said in a text message to New Telegraph.
The Federal Government has launched inquest into the campaign funds of the 2014 Ekiti State governorship election. The military authorities have, two weeks ago, sacked some army generals over their involvement in the conduct of the election.
Fayose trounced the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who was the incumbent governor, in the election. Fayose alleged that some politicians from Ekiti State, including an Ekiti-born human rights activist, and agents of the Federal Government, are involved in the plot to bring down his administration.
He said the game plan was to make those to be arrested get detained indefinitely, force them to make statements incriminating him, while at the same time feeding the public with orchestrated fake reports, using their usual media organs.
According to him, this was coming after their failure to use the Department of State Services (DSS) to coerce members of the state House of Assembly to buy into the impeachment plot against him with a view to silencing him as major voice of the opposition.
The governor disclosed that the plot was to arrest and detain indefinitely his Chief of Staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo and four members of the state House of Assembly for treason.
“To achieve this sinister plot against the government and people of Ekiti State, we have been informed that some of their trusted allies in the EFCC have been mobilised to move to Ekiti any moment from now,” he said.
Fayose, however, advised them to keep their gunpowder dry and wait till the end of his tenure in 2018, and assured that he would be available to answer any of their questions against him.
He said: “While we are not afraid of persecution from anyone or government agency, including the EFCC and DSS, I wish to state that the level at which the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is taking political vendetta and muzzling of opposition both in the PDP and within the APC, is dangerous to the survival of democracy in the country.
“Most importantly, Nigerians must begin to ask the EFCC what has happened to the several petitions against APC leaders and financiers of President Buhari’s election, including former governors. “